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Paralyzed teen joins health care charter challenge

Walid Khalfallah's spinal-curvature condition steadily worsened as he waited for surgery. He is now paralyzed from the waist down. (Family photo)

A paralyzed teenager from Kelowna has joined a constitutional challenge to B.C.'s health care laws.

Walid Khalfallah's story touched many Daybreak listeners. In 2009, the then-13-year-old needed urgent spinal surgery but never got the operation from B.C.Children's hospital.

He finally went to Shriners Hospital in Spokane, Washington, for help -- but there were complications and Walid is now a paraplegic.

The B.C. Minister of Health, Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid apologized for the delays.

But now, Walid's mother, Debbie Waitkus, has signed on to a charter challenge on her son's behalf, launched by private clinic owner Dr. Brian Day.

Daybreak host Chris Walker reached her at B.C.Children's Hospital.

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